The Camogie Association have been hit with criticism with its decision to not proceed with this year’s Tesco All-Ireland Minor Championship, a statement was released by the association on the 22nd of June that the 2020 Tesco All-Ireland Minor Championship will not resume, the decision has been met with uproar as the chances of winning an All-Ireland medal for the players involved have now been squashed.
The inter-county minor championship will be taking place, but only within a provincial competition. On the other hand, the 2020 All-Ireland u16 championship and 2020 Liberty Insurance All-Ireland (Senior) will take place, leaving many people questioning the decision to exclude the minor team as for some of the players who are involved this is their last year playing at minor level and the chance to represent their county and club at an All-Ireland championship, while some will have the distinct honor of progressing to represent their county at senior level in the near future this is an opportunity to showcase the young talent on the biggest stage of them all and it’s only fair that the players should get a fair opportunity to play in an All-Ireland competition.
The early rounds of the minor championship were played in February, and with games set to resume at club level during the summer months with the attention then turning over to the inter-county championship. The camogie association went onto explain its decision on why it was not proceeding with the minor championship with its main reason down to the Covid-19 guidelines.
The statement is as follows “Given the limited timeframe in which to run competitions at all levels in the remainder of 2020, it is not possible to run this year’s All-Ireland Minor Championships outside of a Provincial level particularly given the crossover of many minor teams with adult inter-county teams which would also be occurring during the inter-county window. The Minor Championships will still take place at Provincial level to facilitate a program of games to this age group. The association has also stated that it “wishes to acknowledge that the cancellation of many competitions is of great disappointment to those involved however due to these unprecedented times many such difficult decisions have had to be made.
by Johnny O’Connell